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Report: Paul McCartney being treated in Japanese hospital

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A Paul McCartney spokesman wouldn't confirm or deny a May 22 report from Japan that the Beatles singer was being treated in a Japanese hospital for a virus, according to a story from USA Today. The hospital report was attributed to the paper Sankei Sports. No other additional information or official statement about McCartney has been officially released.

His shows in Japan were canceled on May 19 after an attempt to move one of the two Tokyo shows at National Stadium. “Paul McCartney will regrettably have to cancel the remaining Japanese shows. Paul is still not feeling better and this cancellation is unavoidable. He was hoping to be better but the doctors have ordered him complete rest. Paul has been extremely moved by the messages from his fans and is upset to be letting them down. All possibilities to find a solution to reschedule these shows as soon as possible are being explored,” the statement issued in Japan read.

Then, it was officially announced May 21 that his scheduled show May 28 show at Jamsil Sports Complex Main Stadium in Seoul, South Korea would also be called off because of his illness. “Paul McCartney will regrettably have to postpone his forthcoming concert in Seoul, South Korea. After coming down with a virus in Japan, doctors have ordered Paul complete rest," the official statement released by Seoul-based Hyundai Card Co. Ltd. said. "Paul is still not feeling better and this cancellation is unavoidable. All possibilities to reschedule this show are being explored.”

"I was really looking forward to visiting and playing in South Korea for the first time and I'm sorry to be letting fans down," McCartney said. "I'm very disappointed by this and hope to be able to visit soon."

The Seoul concert was the last show before his Out There! tour moved to the United States for shows beginning June 14 in Lubbock, Texas and ending Aug. 14 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Tickets for American shows, which are still scheduled, are available here and here.

McCartney guitarist Rusty Anderson tweeted Thursday he was getting ready to leave Japan. “My last day in Shimokitazawa, Japan. Now just awaiting Paul's recovery.”

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